Song Surgeon 3 Pro Review

So I’ve been playing around lately with a new piece of software called Song Surgeon… I just got version 3 and as promised here’s a little video of how I use it.

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Guitar Maintenance – How To Maintain A Guitar

General maintenance for your guitar is not only very useful but something that, if done correctly will ensure your guitar always sounds good and plays well… making it more enjoyable for you to play (and that’s what it’s all about.) We’ll cover a few things – changing strings, storage, tuning, and cleaning. It’s no secret…

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How To Use A Wah Pedal

I often get questions about my favorite pedal – the wah. In this video I took some time to demonstrate the different ways you can use one. I hope you like it 🙂

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Remembering Robert Johnson

100 years ago yesterday, Robert Johnson was born. Many would say he changed the course of Blues and Rock And Roll music forever during his short career. He died a young man, at just 27 years old. He only cut a handful of songs in his life, but they have been re-recorded by countless other…

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Getting Guitar Tones – Start With The Guitar

One of the questions I get a lot as an electric guitar player is about how to achiever certain (good?) tones. What types of guitars, pedals, amp, cables, tubes, picks, strings…  you name it, it all makes some contribution (for better or for worse) to the tone. So in these 2 videos, I’ll basically go…

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Double Your Mileage – Change Octaves

One of my mantras is “take what you know and learn to do more with it.” I say this a lot because a lot of people get hung up on learning more instead of learning how to do more with that they already know how to play. In my experience, it’s a lot easier to…

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Practicing Without Your Guitar

I’ve often wondered about what your mind can do to improve your playing even when you don’t have a guitar in your hands. As a teenager I remember vividly using the 30-45 minute bus ride to and from school to think about what scales I could use to improvise over a song… or to think…

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New Technology Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better Learning

I saw a story today about a new iPad app called “On The Music Path” (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/on-the-music-path-ipad-app-offers-users-in-depth-one-on-one-lessons-taught-by-master-musicians-including-jackson-browne-ravi-shankar-and-richard-thompson-120766969.html) that provides music lessons from famous rock stars and musicians: [content_box_grey width=”75%”] Imagine taking in-depth, one-on-one guitar lessons from Jackson Browne or Richard Thompson.  These are among the rarefied experiences offered by On The Music Path, a new iPad…

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Simple Arpeggio Playing

Simple Arpeggio Playing Over Open Chords Arpeggios often cause a lot of confusion because I think most people believe they can’t be that simple. In reality, an arpeggio is nothing more than breaking the notes of a chord up and playing them one at a time instead of all together (and as my kids like…

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Resonator Style Acoustic Guitars For Blues

Personally, I’ve been on a hunt for just the right resonator style guitar now for a few months. I seem to have a lot of trouble finding the right balance of tone, feel, and look… which is really the same problem we all encounter with any new instrument purchase. If you play blues, and particularly…

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